Friday, March 01, 2013

Preparing for Easter - Mark of Holiness

[God...made a lasting mark through the sacrifice of Jesus. Hebrews 13:20 MSG
During this season of reflection and renewal, join me, and let's explore the visible evidence that identifies us as faithful followers of Jesus. Can others see Jesus in our lives? ~ Donna Oswalt]

Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy. Leviticus 19:2

Despite this world constantly calling us to turn from God, consistently luring us into sin, Christians are to live a holy life. Because humanity is made in the image of God, we can strive toward this holiness, but we cannot do it alone. How then does the holy life grow? 

1 Peter 1:13-24 defines holy living. To start, we are to live as God’s obedient children and live in reverent fear of Him. Our holiness comes with a great price, but God paid this for us. The ransom He paid was not mere gold or silver. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. Although Jesus never sinned, He died for you and for me, died for the sins of all mankind. As Christ was raised from death to life, so are we be able to die to a sin-empty life and be reborn to a hope-full life everlasting. Christ sits at the right hand of God and desires each one to walk a holy life. Do you bear the mark of holiness?
  • Read 1 Peter 1:13-16; why do I need to be holy? 
  • Read 1 Peter 1:17-20; when did God choose Christ as my ransom?

God, the world desires that I stumble and stagger and pretend to be holy. You know my weaknesses. Make me stronger and more obedient to You. Let other’s see Your holiness in my everyday living. – dho

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